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Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Featured, Reviews |

Panasonic GX1 review

We have a new Review  this week, and this time we will discuss the new camera line GX Premium G Micro System from Panasonic, the GX1, which also follows the trend in retro design being adopted by several other compact models.

At first glance you can tell that is a camera designed to captivate fans of photography, given the importance in the size of the buttons and control dial. However, for users accustomed to using manual controls and make the most of them will find that this camera offers rather limited maneuverability.

But for those users with real interest to start shooting concepts introduced in the GX1 delivers many options to “help” by offering manual options, but at the same time have an automatic compensation. The camera also has a wide range of automatic options for users not compounded with every shot.

Let’s start with the review of the relevant aspects of the Lumix GX1.

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Specs

  • MP order of 16
  • Sensor 4/3 Live MOS (17.3 x 13 mm).
  • Lens 14-42mm F3.5 Built-5.6 (interchangeable lenses Micro Four Thirds mount, compatible with 3D glasses)
  • 3-inch LCD screen, 460,000 dots
  • Res Photos: 4592 x 3448 (resolution 1712 x 1712 minimum)
  • Video Res: 1920 x 1080 (30fps) / (minimum Res 640 × 480 30fps) Video Full HD.
  • Areas of focus: 23 (AF)
  • Focus modes: AFS (Single) / BPP (Flexible) / CFA (Continuous) / MF
  • Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot (equivalent to averaged, center weighted and spot respectively).
  • ISO Range: 160-12800
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent light, Flash, Custom 1 and 2, Kelvin (range 2,500 K – 10,000 K)
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, P, M, AE speed, AE time.
  • Speed 60-1/4000
  • Exposure Compensation + _5EV
  • Timer shooting: 2-10 sec.
  • File Formats: JPEG, RAW, MOP / AVCHD, MP4,
  • Microphone: Stereo
  • Output Ports USB 2.0, Video Out, HDMI.
  • Optical viewfinder (Viewfinder): Yes
  • Storage: SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery (7.2V, 1010mAh). 300 shots approx.
  • Body: metal
  • Dimensions: 116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm (height x width x depth)
  • Weight: 483g. Lens.

Design

No doubt a very valued among photography enthusiasts when evaluating a compact camera is the ability to swap lenses. The GX1 brings called Micro Four Thirds mount, being also compatible with 3D glasses.

Another notable feature is its touch screen LCD of 3 inches, which allows various actions to complement the physical controls of the camera, holding a significant size of this body. It is a very portable camera, thanks to its size, weight and grip which is incorporated into the body, providing greater comfort.

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Lens

To all those who like photography we know we will have more possibilities to enrich our galleries using different types of lenses, such as a wide angle for landscape, close to 50mm lens for portraits or a fisheye for the attractiveness of take. The GX1 Panasonic is equipped with a Micro Four Thirds mount that lets you use different lenses, some mounted directly to the camera and others through an adapter ring.

The digital zoom is 4x GX1.

Controls

In the upper section of the GX1 is the mode dial and under the same, the knob on / off. Also the shutter (which does autofocus by pressing the middle), and the video record button with only a small relief to prevent accidental pressing.

A unique feature of this camera is controlled by the button Ai (Intelligent Auto), designed especially for users who want to make good pictures with the press of the shutter (well, in this case two).

On the rear panel of the camera are buttons to set variables such as white balance, ISO, etc., plus the button “display” to configure the interface of the LCD, a QMenu button (quick menu), delete and autofocus.

Buttons on the wheel is the dial you set variables in manual or P, as speed and aperture.

The big news of the GX1 Panasonic about its controls is that the LCD touch screen works as an extension or complement of physical checks through a menu. This would make it possible to configure the camera using either the buttons as the screen.

Frequent users of Panasonic will have no trouble navigating the menu and configure the camera. Novices, however, should allocate extra time to manage to have a stranglehold.

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Screen

As mentioned earlier, the screen is touch-GX1, offering several utilities than any other screen to compose the picture to be photographed.

As information is available at the time of shooting, features a level indicator with which it is possible to know the horizontal / vertical, front / rear using the acceleration sensor, allowing the camera to detect the horizontal angle / vertical box to photograph. It is also possible to see the histogram and guidelines to make a good composition of the picture.

Another benefit of the touch screen of this camera is that it is possible to determine the focus areas, block, resize and even fire the shutter.

One option that will appeal to users looking to get great pictures with ease is the Creative Control, applying effects such as rotation and blur (like tilt shift). Also applied using the touch screen.

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Flash Hot-shoe and down

The GX1 Panasonic has a flash down on its right side. It has a Guide No. 7.6 (rated power / reach), so it is necessary to approach the objective to achieve a good result.

Next to the flash and the center of the camera is the shoe for attaching accessories and other external flash, and the two microphones.

Under the shoe is the socket for the LVF (Live Vewfinder), a display consisting of a mini LCD screen and with a view to 100%, unlike traditional scopes.

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Output Ports

They are arranged in the far right of the camera and protected with a plastic tab. It is an HDMI output for connecting a remote control and a mini USB port.

Experience of use

The GX1 Panasonic offers a wide range of configuration options for users who are just daring to experiment with photography. As I said, has many benefits if you know how to use well, produce good results without any complications.

However, and very personal way, I would say that is precisely the complex part of using the camera. It’s very interesting how the touch menu is complemented by the physical button menu, but the average user in mind, so many options that I would need a theoretical introduction to photography and another for the use of camera.

Moreover, thinking in an advanced user, there are options that are not configurable at all, so it is possible that for many this camera does not meet certain expectations. For example, in manual mode, which means the user can set both speed and aperture, there are parameters that provide a default configuration.

In short it is certainly a camera that has many useful features, but remains poorly defined at a level between users and beginners. Judging by what was possible to test this equipment, I would say that a novice user could use any other camera if he can handle the GX1.

In terms of delivering results in general this camera performs well, however in extreme conditions of light colors may become distorted or grainy image may not be using a higher ISO.

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The Unmissable

  • The Micro Four Thirds mount that allows to use different lenses.
  • Custom white balance in degrees Kelvin.
  • Creative control, with options for editing and retouching of images (tilt shift style)

The unpresentable

  • Under extreme conditions of light, color can be distorted.
  • The body of the camera has no image stabilizer.
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